Hi! I'm new to these forums and thought I would give a little background on myself. I'm really impressed with the dedication of the people here, especially those heading back to school to be a vet. I think the motivations of vet students really draws the distinction between medical school and veterinary school. I'm 24 and will be starting vet school this fall at Illinois. I went to Duke University for undergrad and majored in biomedical engineering and biology... my interests have always been with animals but I wasn't positive I wanted to go to vet school. Low salary and all... I had to be certain I'd be in it for the right reasons. I also didn't have a very good GPA (2.8/4.0). I volunteered with a therapeutic riding program in college and worked part-time with some veterinarians researching a new cancer therapy. After graduating and getting my feet wet in healthcare research, I decided vet school was for me after all. I took a class in biochemistry to complete pre-reqs, but thankfully Northwestern University has a great continuing education program which enabled me to take night classes. I also volunteered at the Anti-Cruelty Society and have spent a lot of time online helping sugar glider owners (I have 2 of the critters myself). I think my research experiences coupled with great GRE scores helped to offset my low GPA. But if I had to do it all over again, I would definitely focus on my grades. Which I am planning on doing in vet school. Anyway, good luck to those who will be applying!